Jump to content



Photo

FileHippo is now “offering” an adware laden download manager


  • Please log in to reply
24 replies to this topic

#1 +warwagon

warwagon

    Only you can prevent forest fires.

  • 26,417 posts
  • Joined: 30-November 01
  • Location: Iowa

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:09

What is the FileHippo Download Manager?

 

The FileHippo Download Manager delivers software straight from our supercharged servers to your computer. The Download Manager allows us to use multiple network connections at the same time to guarantee you the fastest, safest delivery possible.

 

During this process, the Download Manager may offer you other free applications provided by our carefully chosen partners. These offers are completely optional and you are not required to install any additional applications to receive the software you selected.

 

What happens when I run the FileHippo Download Manager?

 

After launching the FileHippo Download Manager from your Downloads folder, just double click on the file that will be clearly named and then follow the instructions.

 

The Download Manager may show offers for other free applications and you get to choose whether you accept these or not. No offers are ever automatically installed without your acceptance.

If you choose to pause/cancel the download, the Download Manager will place a shortcut on your desktop so you can resume this at a later time.

 

What happens when I accept an offer?

 

When you accept an offer, the application will be downloaded and installed on your computer. Please note that we screen all application offers to ensure they are safe and can be uninstalled easily.

 

What information does the Download Manager collect?

 

The FileHippo Download Manager does not collect personally identifiable information and adheres to the FileHippo Privacy Policy which you can see here.

Do I have to use the installer?

 

No. All FileHippo Installer Enabled products have a Direct Download Link that you can use instead of the Installer.

 

http://www.filehippo...ownload_manager




#2 +LogicalApex

LogicalApex

    Software Engineer

  • 6,315 posts
  • Joined: 14-August 02
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
  • Phone: Nexus 5

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:12

Welcome to the new order... Where simple downloads of trusted apps from previously trustworthy sources are now laced with another layer of junk.

 

Why can't companies just serve their own downloads directly and not outsource it to these sites who have no where to turn for a revenue stream?

 

Thanks for the heads up.



#3 Max Norris

Max Norris

    Neowinian Senior

  • 4,677 posts
  • Joined: 20-February 11
  • OS: Windows 8.1, BSD Unix
  • Phone: HTC One (Home) Lumia 1020 (Work)

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:14

Ugh.  Guess it was inevitable.. I'll keep using 'em though as long as the direct links stay, handy timesaver.  After that though, buh-bye.



#4 TPreston

TPreston

    Neowinian Senior

  • 2,577 posts
  • Joined: 18-July 12
  • Location: Ireland
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Enterprise & Server 2012R2/08R2 Datacenter
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 1520

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:44

Check your av guys many vendors are finally starting to take this junk seriously eset has "enable detection of potentially unwanted applications"

#5 OP +warwagon

warwagon

    Only you can prevent forest fires.

  • 26,417 posts
  • Joined: 30-November 01
  • Location: Iowa

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:46

Check your av guys many vendors are finally starting to take this junk seriously eset has "enable detection of potentially unwanted applications"

 

Yes, but they aren't taking "This junk seriously" until it's its on my default.

 

WOW ... 320 people looking at this thread right now!



#6 COKid

COKid

    Neowinian Senior

  • 2,997 posts
  • Joined: 07-April 10
  • Location: Loveland, CO

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:51

WOW ... 320 people looking at this thread right now!

No doubt. You should be a writer for Neowin.



#7 OP +warwagon

warwagon

    Only you can prevent forest fires.

  • 26,417 posts
  • Joined: 30-November 01
  • Location: Iowa

Posted 17 July 2014 - 15:53

No doubt. You should be a writer for Neowin.

 

I often wonder if i'm in the top 5 of members with the most views. One thread alone had 550,000 Views.



#8 +LimeMaster

LimeMaster

    LippyZillaD Council ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 9,606 posts
  • Joined: 28-August 10
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 920

Posted 17 July 2014 - 16:02

That's utter crap! I always use FileHippo for older software releases on my VMs. Now I'm gonna need to have to find an alternative site that offers a similar type of service, which isn't exactly easy to find. :/



#9 Luc2k

Luc2k

    Neowinian

  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 16-May 09

Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:33

I thought that their download manager was optional and a quick look confirms it. What am I missing here?



#10 Xenon

Xenon

    Neowinian

  • 412 posts
  • Joined: 17-November 01

Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:47

Just dont use it



#11 Choto Cheeta

Choto Cheeta

    Neowinian

  • 587 posts
  • Joined: 21-May 07
  • Location: 220.225.82.33

Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:50

I thought that their download manager was optional and a quick look confirms it. What am I missing here?

 

It seems, till now, it is optional..

 

2nk6t5u.jpg



#12 Luc2k

Luc2k

    Neowinian

  • 1,204 posts
  • Joined: 16-May 09

Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:16

It seems, till now, it is optional..

 

2nk6t5u.jpg

My download button doesn't have the "Download Manager Enabled" part and links to the actual file. Maybe it's US only.



#13 DavidM

DavidM

    Neowinian Senior

  • 1,787 posts
  • Joined: 25-January 04
  • Location: Arizona, USA

Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:34

My download button doesn't have the "Download Manager Enabled" part and links to the actual file. Maybe it's US only.

 

I'm in the US and I haven't seen the "Download Manager Enabled" part either, maybe it has to do with file size? What at filehippo is 500 megs? Got it, 3DMark06, still no file manager thing for me.



#14 Torolol

Torolol

  • 2,941 posts
  • Joined: 24-November 12

Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:37

i always want to know why most download "button" on most web sites are colored green?

#15 +FiB3R

FiB3R

    aka DARKFiB3R

  • 7,411 posts
  • Joined: 06-November 02
  • Location: SE London
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Phone: Lumia 930

Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:06

i always want to know why most download "button" on most web sites are colored green?

Green means go? At least for traffic lights, so...

 

EDIT: http://www.straightd...-green-means-go